The Dying need the care of the heart. They also need the best that medicine has to offer. Neither, on its own, is enough.

—Dame Cicely Saunders

The Comox Valley Hospice Society became a registered not for profit organization in 1983. Formed by a group of dedicated community volunteers the Society now serves hundreds of people each year in the greater Comox Valley with a small staff and dozens of volunteers. The Comox Valley Hospice Society has been recognized locally, provincially and nationally for program innovation.

At Hospice we believe that living with an illness, dying, caregiving and grieving are normal parts of life.

Our hope is that those who are living with a life threatening illness or dying in our community will experience dignity and peace; their caregivers will receive the help they need; and they and their families and friends, will be supported in their grief.

We remain committed to supporting each person in the care that matters most to them. To us hospice is a philosophy of care that takes place in people’s homes, in care facilities, in the community hospice and in hospital.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society provides education, care and support when you are healthy, when your care needs change and when a death occurs.

Contact our office at: 250-339-5533 or email: for further information or assistance.

About the hospice movement

The modern hospice movement began in London, England with the opening of St. Christopher’s Hospice in 1967.  Founder, Dame Cicely Saunders realized through her work as a social worker, a nurse and then as a doctor that we needed to concern ourselves with the quality of one’s life as well as its length. She used the term total pain to encompass not only physical pain, but also the emotional, psychological and spiritual pain that may occur with illness and dying. She focused on the whole person including their family and friends. The philosophy of hospice care has spread worldwide.


Dame Cicely Saunders, 1918 – 2005
Social Worker, Nurse, Physician, Writer and Founder of the modern hospice movement.